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31 Indian institutes in Times World University Rankings, IISc Bangalore highest ranked

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  • Government’s drive to make the country’s higher education institutions world class, a record 31 Indian institutes have found a place in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17.
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has climbed to the highest position till date for an Indian institute, even as a place in the top 200 list continues to elude the country.
  • Times Higher Education (THE) has expanded the number of universities in the list to 980 from 800 last year, India has 19 institutes in the top 800, two more than last year.
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay also figure in the top 400.
  • “India has four new entries in the top 800,”

Islamic State Launches A Suspected Chemical Shell At US Troops In Iraq

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  • Islamic State militants are suspected of firing a shell loaded with a chemical agent during an attack on U.S. and Iraqi troops in northern Iraq Tuesday.
  • First recorded chemical attack on U.S. troops since the Islamic State overran parts of northern and western Iraq in 2014.
  • Jeff Davis, only one of the shells lobbed at Qayyarah Airfield West, where U.S. troops are based, tested positive for a mustard agent.
  • There were no U.S. casualties, Davis said, and the shell, “likely a rocket or mortar, was imprecise and crude.”
  • No service members showed any signs of mustard agent exposure.

Supreme Court seeks review of 6 month jail term for rash driving

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  • Supreme Court on Monday expressed its unhappiness with a law which provides for a six-month jail term for driving dangerously, a provision which also covers rash driving while talking or listening to radio on mobile phones, and asked the AG to revisit the law after the top law officer conceded that it was inadequate to deal with the “new emperors of the roads”.
  • People caught driving rashly while on their mobiles are usually charged under Section 184 of the Motor Vehicles Act
  • First offence under the law carries a six-month jail term and the second offence a three-year jail term.

Oracle likely to set up data centre in India: CEO Mark Hurd

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  • Mark Hurd jointly runs $37-billion Oracle Corporation as a CEO along with Safra Catz.
  • Company  had a presence in India for last 25 years and today has about 40,000 employees based in India alone.
  • Hurd joined Oracle five years ago and was made CEO in 2014.
  • Talks about the company’s India strategy, its acquisition model as well as challenges of running a technology company.

Intrigue in the campaign to select the next secretary general of the United Nations

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  • Amid all the speeches over urgent issues of war, refugees and climate change, one of the great uncertainties hanging over delegates to the United Nations is who will be the next secretary general – United Nations.
  • Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s term expires at the end of the year, and no clear consensus has emerged on his successor.
  • Straw votes among member states have winnowed the field to nine official candidates, including four women.
  • Any five permanent members of the Security Council — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — could veto the candidate with the most support, for any reason.
  • Leader by straw poll is António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal and until 2015 the U.N. high commissioner for refugees.

Punjab RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja passes away

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  • Senior RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja, who was shot at in Jalandhar by unidentified assailants in August, died at a hospital in Ludhiana on Thursday morning.
  • Gagneja, 65, breathed his last at 9.16 AM at the Hero DMC Heart Institute, Dr G S Wander, Director of the Institute.
  • Brigadier (retd) Gagneja was attacked by bike-borne assailants on August 6 in Jalandhar.
  • Rushed to the Ludhiana hospital in a critical condition the next day.
  • Police failed to get clues in the murder of the Vice President of the Punjab unit of the Sangh, the case was handed over to the CBI recently.

Satellite built by IIT-Bombay set for launch

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  • Promises to be a historical Indian space mission for three reasons on September 26.
  • First time that a satellite, Pratham, designed and developed by the students of IIT-Bombay will be launched.
  • Only 18 days after successfully launching a weather satellite, Insat-3DR, another one, ScatSat-1, will be placed in orbit for he first time.
  • In its 23-year-old history, it will be the first time that the highly proven four-stage PSLV will be launching satellites into two different orbits.
  • For Monday’s flight the launcher will be the advanced version of the PSLV called the PSLV-XL.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Named Captain Of Wisden’s All-Time India Test XI

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  • India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday was named the captain of reputed cricket magazine Wisden’s all-time India Test XI.
  • Team, which was announced to mark India’s 500th Test match starting on Thursday against New Zealand in Kanpur, includes former Test skipper Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag as openers.
  • Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman make up the middle-order with Dravid being the No.3 batsman, followed by Tendulkar and Laxman.
  • Dhoni, currently India’s captain of One-Dayer and T20 teams, also remains the wicket-keeper.
  • Pace legend Kapil Dev also has been named in the dream team.